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What does Organic mean in tearms of mental illness and how is different from other mental illnesses, especially in regards to recovery?
 

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Generally the term "organic" in terms of mental illness implies that the problem is physiological in origin, that is, there's something physically "wrong" - some neurons firing drastically wrongly or some malformation in the brain perhaps.

This means that your mental illness is not simply a psychological issue, and consequently it won't get better without some kind of physical intervention (usually).

The good news is that, for the vast majority of people, DP/DR is not organic in origin - and if it is, it hardly ever on its own is evidence for a serious physiological problem.
 

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Is Schizophrenia (or psychotic symptoms) organic?
 

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It depends which authority you ask. Strictly speaking we don't know if it is or not.

However a large number of people think that schizophrenia is organic in the sense that other psychological problems (such as depression or anxiety) are not.
 
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